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Five Minutes With… Vanessa McKinnon

Growing up in New Zealand surrounded by a family of incredible cooks meant it was inevitable that Vanessa McKinnon would inherit the foodie trait. After training as a chef in her home country, Vanessa began working in kitchens all around the globe before settling in Townsville 4 years ago and opening the famous Bakehouse on […]

Frozen Goodness Growing Beyond NQ

When Sharda Nanda immigrated to Australia from Nepal in 2007, his priority was finding work in his profession as an engineer to support his family. Now he is the founder of Simsha, a national supplier of quality frozen fruit grown in North Queensland, with plans for future growth underway. Sharda was grateful to find work […]

Nourishing Her Business

When Shelley Grainger was forced to step back and diversify her business, not only did it herald the start of a significant growth period, but put her in a much better position to trade throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. Since starting with a small market stall in 2013, Nourishing Bites has established a loyal following of […]

A network of local support was the key ingredient for a speciality cake-decorator keeping her business open during the lockdown. Over the space of a few days Laura Dawson, from Cute as a Cupcake, lost over eighty-five percent of her business when all large gatherings, including weddings, were banned due to COVID-19 restrictions. Laura’s primary […]

Family Business A Recipe For Success

From the Italian restaurant created with Nonna’s famous recipes passed down through generations to the Fairfax dynasty created by Kerry Packer, family businesses come in every variation and make up a whopping 70 per cent of all Australian businesses – employing more than 50 per cent of the workforce. The truth is that there are […]


Shopping locally is like eating your two fruit and five veg. You know you should do it, you know it’s the right thing to do, but sometimes you get lazy and skip it. The thing is, just like skipping a healthy meal and choosing greasy takeaway, not shopping locally actually has its own effects too. […]


Townsville is smack-bang in the middle of a gourmet food bowl that is producing a range of world-class foods to suit every taste bud and budget. From the graziers and their herds of cattle in the west to the local fisherman who give us bounds of succulent seafood fresh from the reef. We’ve slowly upgraded […]